Call of Duty: Warzone gets a mid-season update this week that reduces the overall installation footprint of the game – but it only comes after a huge download.
Season two again creates a lower, optimized file size across Warzone. If you own the full version of Modern Warfare and Warzone, or if you own Warzone that is free to play alone, you will see the overall file size decrease, Activision said.
This is especially welcome given how much space the latest Call of Duty games take up. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone have a reputation for huge update downloads and large installation footprints, something we have reported on in the past. It got so bad that Activision warned that a standard 500GB PlayStation 4 in February would no longer fit Call of Duty: Warzone, Black Ops Cold War and Modern Warfare.
“Improvements to the overall content management system have been made possible through data optimization and streamlining of content packages needed for individual game modes,”
This reduced file size will come after “a larger than usual one-time update” for Season Two Reloaded, Activision warned. This update includes these optimizations and is needed to reduce the overall footprint, the company insisted. Hopefully it will be worth it – Activision said that future update sizes for Modern Warfare and Warzone are expected to be smaller than the one released this week.
“Along with the ability to remove individual modes that are no longer played, owners of the entire Modern Warfare experience will see more space freed up on their chosen platform,” Activision said.
“However, those wishing to continue playing Campaign, Multiplayer and / or Special Ops will need to reinstall the Optimized Content Packs, which will be released alongside and shortly after the second season update.”
After the update, the file size of Warzone will be reduced by between 10.9 GB and 14.2 GB, and the file size of Modern Warfare / Warzone will be reduced by between 30.6 GB and 33.6 GB, depending on your platform.
Here is the overview of the reduction in file size:
- PlayStation 5: 10.9 GB (Warzone only) / 30.6 GB (Warzone and Modern Warfare)
- Playstation 4: 10.9 GB (Warzone only) / 30.6 GB (Warzone and Modern Warfare)
- Xbox Series X / Xbox Series S: 14.2 GB (Warzone only) / 33.6 GB (Warzone and Modern Warfare)
- Xbox One: 14.2 GB (Warzone only) / 33.6 GB (Warzone and Modern Warfare)
- PC: 11.8 GB (Warzone only) / 30.6 GB (Warzone and Modern Warfare)
Yes, annoying, if you just want to play Modern Warfare, you still need to have Warzone installed. In October, Infinity Ward Production Director Paul Haile said that Warzone could not be uninstalled from Modern Warfare because “it is where all shared data is stored for weapons / operators / etc. That is required for all modes. The only Warzone-specific data that remains pulled together is the map and there is not so much data compared to all the weapons and operators.
“In other words: you do not want to save much space at all by uninstalling Warzone, but still need all the data for MP.”
On to the dreaded season two re-updated file sizes. Hold on: these are huge!
The Season Two Reloaded update will have a download size of approx. 7.4 – 14.18 GB for owners of the full version of Black Ops Cold War, and 52.0 – 57.8 GB for owners of the free-to-play Warzone, which is updated with the latest updates on either ( or both) games.
Activision reiterated the Warzone download is a larger file size due to data optimization, but weighing in at almost 60 GB is quite extreme.
Here is the breakdown:
Black Ops Cold War Update Sizes:
- PlayStation 5: 12.2 GB
- Playstation 4: 7.4 GB
- Xbox Series X / Xbox Series S: 14.18 GB
- Xbox One: 9.13 GB
- PC: 8.1 GB
Warzone update sizes:
- PlayStation 5: 52.0 GB
- Playstation 4: 52.0 GB
- Xbox Series X / Xbox Series S: 57.8 GB
- Xbox One: 57.8 GB
- PC: 52.4 GB (Warzone only) / 133.6 GB (Warzone and Modern Warfare)
You read that right – the Warzone and Modern Warfare update is 133.6 GB. Sorry, Modern Warfare players – you’re in for a long night.